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5 Ways Office 365 migrations fail

Microsoft is always ensuring that their popular cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365, is constantly being improved. Because of the great applications and support offered, small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are continually migrating to the platform. If you are considering moving to Office 365, you should be aware of five factors that can cause a migration to fail so you can avoid them.

1. Slow internet connection speeds

To avoid this, ask an Office 365 provider to test your existing network connections to ensure that your internet connection can handle the migration and day-to-day operation of Office 365. If not, they should be able to offer you a more efficient solution.

Because Office 365 is primarily cloud-based, you are going to need a connection with a solid bandwidth. When migrating your files and system over to Office 365, you will likely need to consume a large quantity of bandwidth. This demand will often be enough to tax most small business lines, resulting in slower internet speeds all around during the process. […]

5 Ways Office 365 migrations fail2019-05-03T10:39:46-07:00

How OMSs help empower eCommerce

Talk of business trends usually revolves around process optimization and efficiency rather than just volume. As such, order management systems (OMSs) are gaining popularity, thanks in large part to their ability to provide immediate results.

First off, we need to clarify that inventory management systems (IMSs) are not the same as OMSs. The former is a solution for analyzing your sales history and forecasting demand for your product and the materials you will need; in contrast, the latter is all about the here and now, as it tackles transactions as they happen.

What can an OMS do for you?

A complicated-but-necessary part of running an eCommerce store requires juggling sales, each at completely different stages in your shipping process and at varying rates of arrival every day. An OMS service is all about organizing product orders into a coherent and manageable workflow. Here are just some of the difficulties it helps you wrangle:

Your eCommerce store can be connected to your inventory. If a certain product runs out of stock, it […]

How OMSs help empower eCommerce2019-05-03T10:39:52-07:00

Recommendations for malware removal on Android devices

The number of malware-infected Android apps in app stores is higher than ever. In fact, there’s a decent chance that your Android smartphone or tablet is already infected. Follow these malware removal tips to minimize the damage to your device, data, and business.

Confirm the malware infection

Android devices usually exhibit strange behaviors when they’re infected with malware. A device may suddenly slow to a crawl or the battery may drain faster than expected. Other telltale signs include an abundance of pop-up ads, unusual apps installed on your home screen, unexplained data usage, and unauthorized in-app purchases.

However, it’s not always easy to tell if your device was compromised, especially since hackers are becoming more proficient at concealing their actions. The best way to check for malware is to run an antivirus scan with a mobile security solution.

How to get rid of malware

If malware has infected your device, the most important thing to do is quarantine the threat as soon as possible. Start by rebooting your device in safe mode, […]

Recommendations for malware removal on Android devices2019-05-03T10:40:24-07:00

Things to consider when virtualizing

Powering your IT equipment costs money, but how much will you actually spend? If you have no idea, you’re in for a treat. Here are four questions you need to ask yourself before considering virtualization. 

Studies have shown that over 70% of IT budgets go to “keeping the lights on.” If that sounds like a lot of money, it is. You could be spending thousands of dollars powering your IT equipment and paying your staff to manage it, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Virtualization can reduce your expenses without keeping you awake at night. 

If you’re ready to learn how, here are four questions you need to ask:

1. What’s the cost of your data center?

We’re talking about the whole kit and caboodle: your servers, backup power supplies, air conditioning, security devices, and the overhead costs for the space to store everything.

2. How much do you spend cooling your servers?

Keeping your servers cool is a […]

Things to consider when virtualizing2019-04-30T09:25:08-07:00

Top reasons to record your calls

Call recording has been a feature in VoIP applications for a while now, but it is underutilized, especially by organizations that do not prioritize interaction with customers. This feature can strengthen the reputation of your company and boost customer satisfaction, when used properly.

#1. Improve customer service

One of the most important reasons why businesses should always record their calls, no matter its significance, is to ensure high-quality customer service. By reviewing calls, managers can understand how their agents have been dealing with customers, find out whether or not they’ve followed company protocol, and pinpoint any aspects that can be improved on.

Without call recording, managers would have to listen to each call in real time, which is a time-consuming process. By recording each call, not only will your managers save time, but your employees will also be motivated to perform at their best every time they’re on the phone because they know their calls can always be reviewed.

#2. Upgrade employee performance

According to Edgar […]

Top reasons to record your calls2019-04-30T09:24:59-07:00

10 Office 365 features you need for work

Whether you need suggestions for your PowerPoint presentation, someone to edit your Word document, or input data into Excel, Office 365 has the features to help you with a variety of tasks. So the next time you need some help getting work done, try using these tricks with Office 365.

Simultaneously edit a document with other people

With Office 365, people can work together on any Word, PowerPoint, or Excel document in real time. This means multiple people can edit a document and figure out what changes have been made and who made them.

So if your employees are still creating documents by themselves, sending them over to their coworkers by email, and silently waiting for a reply, then this Office 365 feature can help cut down on unnecessary email waiting time.

Skype over a document with your coworkers

In addition to being able to work together on a single document, you can also verbally discuss the edits over Skype. This application lets you […]

10 Office 365 features you need for work2019-04-30T09:25:19-07:00

How can I update Windows 10 faster?

Updating your Windows 10 is an essential security measure for protecting your business from threats such as malware or ransomware. It’s free! And you don’t have to do much, all you have to do is wait. However, for some, that’s the downside. Can’t stand waiting? One of these will speed up your Windows 10 update.

Why do updates take so long to install?

Windows 10 updates take a while to complete because Microsoft is constantly adding larger files and features. What’s more, internet speed can significantly affect installation times, especially if your network is overburdened by multiple people downloading the update at the same time.

If multiple downloads aren’t being attempted and you still experience slowness, then either some broken software components are preventing the installation from running smoothly, or apps and drivers that run upon startup are likely to blame.

When you experience any of these issues, try the following:

Free up storage space and defragment your hard drive

Because many Windows 10 updates take up a lot of space on your […]

How can I update Windows 10 faster?2019-04-30T09:24:46-07:00

Is your computer infected with malware?

With the rise of eCommerce and online banking, cybercrime has evolved. Like criminals who pull smash-and-grab jobs, they go where the money is. However, unlike bank robbers, cybercriminals do their best to avoid detection by letting malware do the work for them. Viruses and ransomware sneak into PCs to quietly steal passwords, financial credentials, and other personal information to be sold on the black market for profit. Not all malware is stealthy though. Here are some telltale signs.

Slow computer

Are your operating systems and programs taking a while to start up? Is your data bandwidth suspiciously slow? If so, your computer may potentially have a virus.

However, just because your PC is running slower than usual doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s infected, as there could be other causes to your computer slowing down. First, check if you’re running out of RAM. For Windows, open task manager (press Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and go to the Performance tab and check how many gigabytes of RAM are used up under […]

Is your computer infected with malware?2019-04-30T09:24:40-07:00

Not sure what to do with a new iPad? Start here

Even though Apple devices are less customizable than their Android counterparts, new iPhones and iPads still have dozens of settings to configure. Tackling the most important ones takes only a few minutes if you know where to start. Check our recommendations for the top five most useful settings.

Touch ID

The first thing you must change is iOS’s fingerprint recognition features. When configured properly, this technology does much more than unlock your device. Open the Settings app and then tap Touch ID & Passcode (or Face ID & Passcode if your device supports it) to record several fingerprints and configure what Touch ID can authorize. You can even use it to automatically fill in saved passwords.

Notifications

How embarrassing would it be if someone sent you a private message and it popped up on your iPad’s lock screen where everyone could see it? You can prevent that from happening by opening the Notifications window from within the Settings app. From there, you can change which apps show notifications, where those notifications […]

Not sure what to do with a new iPad? Start here2019-04-30T09:24:34-07:00

5 ways to enhance your new laptop

Getting a new laptop, especially one of the latest models, can be very exciting. You can look forward to a better user experience with faster speed, more memory, and better battery life. But it’s all for nought if you don’t take certain preventive steps before using your new machine. Do these five things before you start exploring your new toy.

1. Update your laptop’s operating system

One of the first things you should do before using your laptop is upgrade its operating system (OS). Assuming you did not purchase the laptop when it was first released, your laptop will still be running an older OS. With important patches and fixes released with each new update, it is recommended that you install the latest one to ensure your laptop is free of any vulnerabilities.

2. Remove bloatware

When turning on your laptop for the first time, you might notice that there are several preloaded software in the system — some of which you will probably never use. These are known as bloatware.

These […]

5 ways to enhance your new laptop2019-04-30T09:24:28-07:00